About Our Team Page
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- Officers and Board:
- President: Steve Wolf
- Vice President: James Hays
- Secretary: Larry Wilson
- Treasurer: Howard Abraham
- Board Member: Deb Montgomery
- Board Member: Jason Kopp
- Board Member: Malachi O'Neill
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Our Team Bios:
Steve Wolf - President:
I learned to fly at the Fort Collins Downtown Airpark in 1990. My family moved to the East Coast in 1993, and found our way back here in 2008. While I was away I bought a 1973 Cessna 182.
I was Secretary of FNL Pilots Association from 2010-2013. During that time I ran three e-votes to update our by-laws in 2010 (updating our mission statement), 2012 (defining how to replace retired officers and how to recall board members), and 2013 (officially consolidating our organization's name as "FNL Pilots Association"). I stepped aside at the end of 2013 to allow some other people the opportunity to serve.
Since 2011 I have been the AOPA Airport Support Network Volunteer for FNL. ASN volunteers are the eyes and ears of AOPA, and serve the association to report on the health of local airports. I think this is an important role, and have served as ASN volunteer at my local airports in three different states since the program began in 1997.
I volunteer in the leadership of Cessnas2Oshkosh, the group that organizes one of the mass arrivals to Oshkosh AirVenture each year. I have led training clinics for C2O both here in Colorado and in Washington State.
I am a past board member of Cessna Pilots Society, an online forum interested in maintenance, flying technique, and in meeting in person around the country through various flying activities. CPS has an official get-together each year at a different location; last year I hosted 49 members at FNL.
I've been married to my best friend Julie for 36 years, and we have two married daughters and a grandson. I'm a software architect for Pelco by Schneider Electric, a large international conglomerate headquartered in France. Its Fort Collins lab designs state-of-the-art security cameras. I represent Pelco on an international standards committee called ONVIF.
I look forward to renewing my service to FNL Pilots Association, and to increasing the interaction among the diverse group of pilots and business people who call FNL home.
James Hays - Vice President:
James and his wife Jennifer have lived in the Northern Colorado area for over
12 years. In 2003, he decided to follow a childhood dream and learn
to fly at the Fort Collins-Loveland airport (FNL) and the now closed
Fort Collins Downtown airport (3v5).
Larry Wilson - Secretary:
As my email address states, my youngest
son Aaron, wife Connie and I are licensed pilots. Aaron received his
license in May 1999 the month be graduated from high school. Larry
was next in August and Connie received her ticket in December of
1999. We all trained and flew from Ankeny, IA (IKV) airport just
north of DesMoines.
Howard Abraham - Treasurer:
Retired HP Engineer/Special Projects,
Married, two daughters living in the area and two granddaughters. He
took flight training at Reid-Hillview airport south of San Jose, CA
(1970), rented, and flew throughout California and the United States
from The Flying Country Club (Reid-Hillview).
Deb Montgomery - Director (term ends January 2019):
I am the General Manager of the Ft
Collins- Loveland JetCenter and have been employed in the aviation
industry for the last 23 years.
Malachi O'Neill - Director (term ends January 2018):
Malachi has been with Mountain Aviation
for 7 years and is currently Manager of Business Development.
Mountain Aviation is headquartered at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan
Airport (BJC), and they manage and operate aircraft across the
region including Centennial (APA), Vail (EGE) as well as right here
at Ft. Collins / Loveland (FNL). He and his family have lived and
worked in the Northern Colorado & Ft. Collins area since the early
90’s. He began his career at Mountain Aviation as a part-time Fuel
Coordinator, moving into full-time Flight Coordinator and eventually
as Flight Operations Manager before moving into his current role.
Malachi is a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), Aircraft Dispatcher,
and Multi-Engine and Instrument-Rated Commercial Pilot. He holds a
Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation Technology from Metropolitan State
University of Denver with a Minor in Meteorology. He is very active
in the aviation community throughout Colorado and on the Board of
the Colorado Aviation Business Association.
Jason Kopp - Interim Director (term ends January 2017):
Jason Kopp is the Chief Pilot of Blue Ocean Aviation and moved to the area with his wife, Angie, and three children in 2010. In this role, he oversaw the development and growth of a new aviation flight department and now leads a team of aviation professionals that provide consulting, management, pilot, and maintenance services.
Previously, Jason worked as a plastic injection moldmaker for 5 years before acting on his life-long passion for aviation. After flight training and providing flight instruction, he was hired at ExpressJet Airlines as a First Officer for two years before upgrading to Captain his remaining four years there. He worked with the pilot mentor program at the airline, which provided guidance to new hire pilots during their first year. It was during this time he saw the importance of instilling leadership, integrity, and flight safety qualities in the next generation of pilots. He is an ATP licensed pilot with multiple type ratings and over 7,500 hours of flight time.